Our Group of Directors
Ortega y Gasset is run by a group of directors based in New York and other regions throughout the US. All directors are working artists and in addition to writing, curating, installing and doing administrative work to run OyG, their directorship enables them to connect with the community that OyG fosters to support their practices as painters, photographers, sculptors and writers. Learn more about each director below and see their current projects via their instagram feeds.
Eleanna Anagnos (Brooklyn, NY)
Eleanna Anagnos (born 1980, Evanston, IL) is a New York-based painter and curator. Her work explores the nature of human perception and aims to elicit a physiological response where subjectivity, phenomenology, and the conscious act of seeing are addressed. Eleanna earned her MFA in Painting from the Tyler School of Art (2005) and a BA with honors and distinction from Kenyon College with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies (2002). She has exhibited nationally at: The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City; The National Hellenic Museum, Chicago, IL; South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN, and the SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York, NY, among others. She has shown internationally at 68 Projects, Berlin, Germany; Die Ausstellungsstrasse in Vienna, Austria
and at Galerie Vaclava Spaly in Prague, CZ. She has received awards from Yaddo; BAU Institute; The Anderson Ranch, The Atlantic Center for the Arts and The Joan Mitchell Foundation. Eleanna has been a Co-Director at Ortega y Gasset Projects since 2014. Her most recent curatorial project, debuting the work of Monica Palma, Wish Me Good Luck, was reviewed in the February issue of Art in America. You can find out more information about Eleanna’s practice and curatorial projects at www.eleanna.com
Joshua Bienko (Knoxville, TN)
“Who’s the G.O.A.T.? Jordan! Or maybe J.M.W. Turner. Yeah, Either Jordan or Turner.”
Joshua Bienko (b. 1978, NY) received his MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in 2008, and his BFA from the University of Buffalo in 2000. He has exhibited at Dallas Contemporary (TX), Artpace (TX), Labor Ebertplatz (Köln), Vox Populi (PA), Big Medium (TX), OUTERSPACE (facebook) and the Guggenheim Museum (in collaboration with YouTube Play Biennial). Most recently he has had shows in Las Vegas, Nashville, Baltimore, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn. He has curated shows in Brooklyn, Queens, Seattle, and Gainesville and is one of the founding members of the artist-run space Ortega y Gasset Projects in Gowanus. He is a 2009 Tanne Foundation recipient, and a Hambidge Residency and V.C.C.A Fellow. He lives and works in Knoxville, where he is the Drawing Area Coordinator in the School of Art at the University of Tennessee.
Clare Britt (Chicago, IL)
Clare Britt (born 1979, North Carolina, USA) is a photographer living and making in Chicago, IL. Her work explores themes about materiality and form deconstructing photographic images and making layers of found images to create sculptural collages. She also uses light as subject and found objects in space to transform ordinary places for site specific installations. She founded the Nonprofit Arts Organization Fraction Workspace in Chicago, IL (2003-2007). She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Masters in Fine Arts (2008). She is a freelance photographer traveling the country documenting various projects that include the Friedman House assisted living facility for the visually impaired and One Tail at a Time no kill dog rescue Center. She is a co-founder and Director of Ortega y Gasset Projects based in Brooklyn, NY. You can view her projects at www.clarebritt.com and follow her on instagram at clarebrittphoto.
Catherine Haggarty (Brooklyn, NY)
Catherine Haggarty (born 1984) received her M.F.A from Mason Gross, Rutgers University in 2011 and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Haggarty joined the artist run curatorial collective, Ortega y Gasset Projects in 2016 as a co-director. Haggarty, who has shown both nationally and internationally for a decade, is the recipient of the ESKFF Emerging Artist Grant and Residency, DNA Gallery Residency, Vermont Studio Center Residency and most recently, The Look e Listen Residency in Marsielle France (2017). Her work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic and Two Coats of Paint. Her curatorial work and writing includes Curating Contemporary, The Curator, Ortega y Gasset Projects, White Box and Proto Gallery. Teaching experience includes but is not limited to Rutgers University, Princeton Day School, Philadelphia Mural Arts and One River School of Art and Design.
Eric Hibit (Queens, NY)
Eric Hibit (born Rochester, NY 1976) lives and works in New York. He attended the Corcoran College of Art + Design (BFA,1998) and Yale University School of Art (MFA, 2003). In New York, he has exhibited at Max Protetch Gallery, Anna Kustera Gallery, C24 Gallery, Zurcher Studio, Field Projects, TSA Gallery, and Ortega y Gasset Projects. He has exhibited nationally at Curator’s Office in Washington, DC, Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, The Cape Cod Museum of Art, The University of Vermont, and internationally in Giverny, France and Paris, France. His work has been reviewed in the Village Voice and the Washington Post. Hibit has taught studio art at Tyler School of Art, Hunter College, NYU, and Cooper Union. In 2014, he joined the artist-run curatorial collective Ortega y Gasset Projects. erichibit.com oygprojects.com
Will Hutnick (Wassaic, NY)
Will Hutnick is an artist and curator based in Wassaic, NY. He received his MFA from Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) and his BA from Providence College (Providence, RI). His work has been exhibited most recently at Providence College Galleries (Providence, solo), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Brooklyn), VICTORI+MO (Brooklyn), DEMO Project (Springfield, IL), SPRING/BREAK Art Show (New York, NY), The Java Project (Brooklyn, solo) and Grizzly Grizzly (Philadelphia, PA). Hutnick has curated numerous exhibitions at Ortega y Gasset Projects, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Trestle Projects, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Loft 594 and LaunchPad (New York and Brooklyn). His work has been featured in New American Paintings, Maake Magazine and Whitehot Magazine’s “Best Artists List for 2013”. Hutnick has been an artist in residence at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY), The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT) and recently completed a year-long curatorial residency at Trestle Projects (Brooklyn). He is a Co-Director of Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run curatorial collective and exhibition space in Brooklyn, and is currently the Residency Director at The Wassaic Project, a non-profit organization that uses art and arts education to foster positive social change.
Leeza Meksin (NY, NY)
Leeza Meksin (born 1977, Moscow, Russia) is an interdisciplinary artist, who makes paintings, installations, public art and multiples. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Miller Contemporary, NYC (2017) and a 2-person show at GBS, Los Angeles. Meksin has created site-specific installations at The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City (2016), The Kitchen, NYC (2015), BRIC Media Arts, Brooklyn (2015), Brandeis University, Waltham (2014), the former Donnell branch of the New York Public Library (2011), Cosign Projects, St. Louis (2011), and in a National Endowment for the Arts funded project at Artspace, New Haven, CT (2012). Her work has been exhibited at Regina Rex Gallery, NYC (2011, 2014), Airplane Gallery, Brooklyn (2014), Primetime, Brooklyn (2013), Adds Donna, Chicago (2011) and Thomas Erben Gallery, NYC (2009). In 2017 Meksin was awarded a summer residency at The Banff Centre in Canada. She is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist grant (2015) and the co-founder and director of Ortega y Gasset Projects. Her work has been featured in BOMB magazine, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, among others, and her recent curatorial project Unwanted Women, was reviewed in the New Yorker and Art in America. Meksin received a MFA in painting from Yale, a BFA from SAIC and a joint BA/MA in Comparative Literature from The University of Chicago. She lives in New York City and teaches art at Columbia University. For more information about her current projects please visit www.meksin.com.
Sarah Rushford (Portland, OR)
Sarah Rushford (born 1976, Massachusetts) is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and curator who lives in Portland Oregon. Her poems, text-art, and art criticism have appeared in journals including Houseguest, Tuesday: An Art Project, Accordion, and Big Red and Shiny. Sarah has completed residencies at Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin and Art Farm Nebraska and exhibits work internationally with recent shows at Satellite Contemporary in Las Vagas Nevada and 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington Massachusetts. Sarah is a Co-Director of the curatorial collaborative Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn. See her work at www.sarahrushford.com and follow her on twitter @SarahRushford and Instagram @sarahannrushford.
Zahar Vaks (Brooklyn, NY)
Zahar Vaks (born 1983, Tashkent, Uzbekistan) Is a multi disciplinary artist based in New York, NY. He earned his BFA from Tyler School of Art, and his MFA from The Ohio State University. He has shown in New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Columbus, Las Vegas, Galveston, Houston and Los Angeles. Recently he has shown at the CAMH museum in Houston and at Leslie Heller Workspace in NY. Zahar attended the Galveston Artist Residency from 2012-2013. In 2014 He joined the Ortega y Gasset Projects (OyG) an artist-run curatorial collective and exhibition space in Gowanus, Brooklyn where he is currently a co director. You can find more information about Zahar’s practice and curatorial projects at www.zaharvaks.com .
Lauren Whearty (Philadelphia, PA)
Lauren Whearty is a painter who lives and works in Philadelphia, Pa. Lauren received her MFA in painting from The Ohio State University where she received a Graduate Teaching Associate Award, an Arts and Humanities Research Grant, and was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. She received her BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, with honors. While attending Tyler, Lauren received the Ellen Battell Stoeckel fellowship to attend Yale’s Summer School of Art residency in Norfolk, CT. She has attended Vermont Studio Center with a fellowship, and has exhibited at such venues as the Woodmere Museum of Art in Philadelphia, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, Vox Populi, Satellite Contemporary. Lauren has taught at, The Ohio State University, Tyler's Continuing Education program,Moore College of Art and Design continuing education program, and PAFA museum workshops, and Hussian College of Art.